Saturday, December 20, 2014

NATIONAL COUNCIL (STAFF SIDE) JCM WRITES TO CABINET SECRETARY TO FUNCTIONING OF JCM

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E-Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
No.NC/JCM/2014
Dated: December 16, 2014


Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary



The Cabinet Secretary,
(Government of India),
Cabinet Secretariat,
Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Functioning of Joint Consultative Machinery

Since assuming charge of Secretary(Staff Side), National Council(JCM), I have repeatedly demanded to convene a meeting of the National Council(JCM). It is, however, regretful to point out that, despite all out efforts made by me and requesting you in person to hold the meeting, no meeting of the NC/JCM has been convened till date.

It may be appreciated the Joint Consultative Machinery(JCM) at the National level, conceived as an effective Negotiating Forum, has virtually become defunct as no meeting of this forum has been held during the last four years, with the result that, a number of major grievances of the Central Government employees continue to remain unresolved, because of which they are badly agitated.

The procrastinated discussions in the National Anomaly Committee did not proceed to settle any tangible anomaly item. Even after reaching agreement, the government has refused to issue orders on some issues. This apart, the demands raised by the Staff Side for grant of Interim Relief and Merger of DA with Pay have been refused by the government. One of the vital segments of the Central Government Employees, i.e. Grameen Dak Sewaks of the Postal Department, are kept outside the ambit of the 7th CPC. Unilateral decisions were taken to induct FDI in the Railways, Privatize the Railway and Defence Production Units; closure of the Printing Presses, Publication and Stationery Departments; contractorise the medical store functions; corporatize the Postal Organization and outsource various governmental functions.

Under these circumstances, all the constituents of the National Council(JCM)(Staff Side) had to hold a “National Convention” on 11th December, 2014 in New Delhi, wherein after detailed deliberations and taking stock of the situation, a detailed programme of struggle has been chalked-out. In case there is no positive response from the Official Side, it will ultimately lead to indefinite strike.

A copy of the Declaration of the above-mentioned Convention is enclosed herewith, which is selfexplanatory. We do fervently hope that negotiation is possible even at this late stage and would therefore urge upon you to take concrete steps in that direction. We also hope that you will be able to appreciate that any decision of the government which affects the job security of the employees adversely need to be discussed and agreement reached at the JCM Forum.

I would, therefore, request you to personally intervene in the matter, being the Chairman of the National Council(JCM), so as to avoid serious unrest and disturbance to industrial peace in the Central Government Services and hold discussions with the Staff Side, NC/JCM on these vital issues at your earliest.

sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

Encl: As above

Copy to : All Constituents of National Council(JCM), for information.


Source:NCJCM
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Introduction of AADHAR Enabled Biometric Attendance System(AEBAS)

F.No.Dir(Hqrs.)/Ch(DT)/25(15)/2014/103
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
Room No.155, North Block, New Delhi
Dated 16 December, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Introduction of AADHAR Enabled Biometric Attendance System(AEBAS) - reg.

The undersigned is directed to state. that the Government has decided to introduce Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System(AEBAS) and has made employee's registration mandatory. The system enables an employee with an .Aadhar number to register his/her attendance (arrival/departure) in the office through Biometric authentication. The. Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) is the nodal authority to liaise with all the Central Ministries/ Departments to ensure effective implementation of the system. The objective of the scheme and the steps required to he taken for its implementation have been given in detail in the Secretary, DeitY's letter dated 4.08.2014 (Copy enclosed). To begin with the system was introduced in all Central Government Offices located in Delhi and pursuant thereof instructions were issued to Pr.CCIT(CCA) Delhi and all attached Directorates vide OM of even number dated 09.9.2014 and 15.10.2014 to appoint nodal officers in respect of the offices under their administrative control and to ensure that all employees under them have been enrolled for Aadhar for implementation of the Aadhar based Biometric attendance System in their respective offices.

In this connection it is further stated that Department of Personnel &Training have since issued instructions for installation of AEBAS in all offices of the Central Government, including attached /subordinate offices all over India. The system will be installed in the offices located in Delhi/ New Delhi by 31st December, 2014. In other places this may be installed by 26th January, 2015.  A copy of the DOPT's OM No.11013/9/2014-Estt.(A-III) dated 21.11.2014 issued in this regard is enclosed.

Accordingly, all Pr.CCsIT (CCA) /Pr.DCsIT(CCA)/ CCsIT/DGsIT are requested to take immediate necessary steps for installation of die Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System in the offices under their administrative control within the timelines prescribed in the DOPT's OM stated above and a report forwarded to this office for perusal of Chairperson CBDT by February 15,2015.

This issues with the approval of Chairperson,CBDT .

Encl. as above.(09 pages)

(Anil Uniyal)
Dir(Hqrs.) CBDT

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ONE INDIA NEWS-ONE RANK ONE PENSION -GOOD NEWS ON ITS WAY

 For many ex-servicemen the wait has been a long one. Their demand and fight for One Rank One Pension will become a reality soon. 

Sources tell OneIndia that the defence ministry is working over time to ensure that the same is implemented in quick time.

Manohar Parrikar, the defence minister of India was recently quoted as saying that the announcement of its implementation would be made in 4 to 8 weeks.

Significance of OROP 

It is an equal demand for pensions. If an officer has retired last year and there is an increase in the pensions the following year owing to enhancements by the pay commissions then it is implemented only prospectively. Basically if an officer has retired in 1990 in the current scenario he is not entitled for an enhanced pension if the same is implemented during the later years.


The argument has been that the pension for officers of the same rank should remain the same at all times. This the ex servicemen had demanded as the costs of living was going up and the hike in pensions should benefit all and not just those who have recently retired.

Red tape 

The government has time and again assured the ex servicemen that the OROP will be implemented. It was promised during the elections and even the Prime Minister had said that he was blessed to be the one implementing it.

However there are certain teething issues that the government is facing on this front. Several ex servicemen say that they have done the rounds of various offices several times. However there has never been any clear response. They also have stated several times that the government or the political class needs to step on the gas pedal to push this issue through.

Budgetary allocation 

Government sources say that the finance minister had already allocated Rs 1000 crore for the OROP. This itself is an indication that the government is committed to the cause. We agree there have been delays but work is on in full throttle now to dismantle all those bureaucratic hassles which had slowed down the process.

The government says that unlike the previous regime we will not just make announcements and then forget about it. There are 24 lakh pensioners and all of it has to be taken into consideration.

There was also a bit of a delay as when the government took over it had appointed one man to handle both defence and finance. However now with the new defence minister taking charge this issue is being exclusively looked into. All bureaucratic hassles have been wiped out and an exclusive team is working on it, sources in the ministry informed.

Source:http://www.oneindia.com/feature/one-rank-one-pension-good-news-on-its-way-1594149.html

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Alteration of date of birth of a Government Servant — reiteration of the instructions.

F.No.19017/1/2014-Estt (A-IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated : 16th December, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Alteration of date of birth of a Government Servant — reiteration of the instructions.

Rule 56 of Fundamental Rules states that except as otherwise provided in the rule, every Government servant will retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of sixty years.

Provided that a Government servant whose date of birth is the first of a month shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the preceding month on attaining the age of sixty years.

2.  As per Note 6 below the aforesaid Rule, the date of on which a Government servant attains the age of fifty-eight years or sixty years, as the case may be, shall be determined with reference to the date of birth declared by the Government servant at the time of appointment and accepted by the Appropriate Authority on production, as far as possible, of confirmatory documentary evidence such as High School or Higher Secondary or Secondary School Certificate or extracts from Birth Register. The date of birth so declared by the Government servant and accepted by the Appropriate Authority shall not be subject to any alteration except as specified in this note. An alteration of date of birth of a Government servant can be made, with the sanction of a Ministry or Department of the Central Government, or the Comptroller and Auditor-General in regard to persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, or an Administrator of a Union Territory under which the Government servant is serving, if —

(a) a request in this regard is made within five years of his entry into Government service;

(b) it is clearly established that a genuine bona fide mistake has occurred; and

(c) the date of birth so altered would not make him ineligible to appear in any School or University of Union Public Service Commission examination in which he had appeared, or for entry into Government service on the date on which he first appeared at such examination or on the date on which he entered Government service.

3. The Supreme Court of India in Civil Appeal No.502 of 1993 — Union of India Vs. Harnam Singh — Judgement dated 9th February, 1993 had observed that :
"Inordinate and unexplained delay or laches on the part of the respondent to seek the necessary correction would in any case have justified the refusal of relief to him. His inaction for all this period of about thirty five years from the date of joining service, therefore precludes him from showing that the entry of his date of birth in service record was not correct".

The observations of the Apex Court was also circulated to all Ministries and Departments of the Government of India vide OM No.19017/2/92-Estt.(A) dated 19-5-1993.

4. All the Ministries and Departments are requested to keep the above in view while processing cases of requests for changes of date of birth.

5. Hindi version follows.

sd/-
(B.Bandyopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/19017_1_2014-Estt.A-IV-16122014.pdf
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Complaints of Sexual harassment of women at workplace show an increase

The number of complaints of sexual harassment of women at work place registered with National Commission for Women (NCW) during the last two years and current years shows an increasing trend. The no. of such complaints during the last three years and the current year is 170 in 2011, 167 in 2012, 249 in 2013 and 336 in 2014 upto (12/12/2014).

Safety of women in the country is of utmost priority for the Government. The Government is endeavouring to put in place effective mechanisms to provide safe environment for women. The Criminal Law (Amendment), Act 2013 has been enacted for making the punishment more stringent for offences like rape. Provision for increased penalty for gang rape and causing serious injury to the victim resulting her to remain in a vegetative state have been made. New offences like acid attack, sexual harassment, voyeurism and stalking, disrobing a woman have been incorporated in the Indian Penal Code. Certain changes have also been introduced in the Code Of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC) and the Indian Evidence Act, like the recording of statement of the victim of rape and sexual assault by a woman police officer and provisions to ensure that the victims ( below the age of eighteen) is not confronted by the accused at the time of trial.

The Ministry of Women And Child Development has enacted the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 which covers all women, irrespective of their age or employment status and protect them against sexual harassment at workplace both in public and private sector, whether organized or unorganized.

The Ministry recognizes that incidence of crime against women cannot be controlled unless mindsets of people, in general, are made to change. The Government including NCW regularly conducts awareness creation among men and women in the society through workshops, seminars, street plays, Nariki Chaupals, Beti Janmotshav at the district level. In collaboration with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Special (Mahila) Gram Sabhas have also been conducted. Further, advertisements in the press and electronic media educating people about issues of domestic violence, child sex ratio and child marriage etc also are being taken up. Platforms such as the International Women’s Day and the National Girl Child Day are used to create awareness on issues related to women and to bring to the centre stage issues such as sex selective abortions and child marriage. Through Sabla programme of this Ministry, adolescent girls in the age group of 11 to 18 years are imparted knowledge about their rights. Government has recently introduced the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme addressing the issue of declining child sex ratio and discriminatory social construct against women.

This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to a starred question in the Lok Sabha today.

Source:pib


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CGHS Wellness Centres

The cleaning work (housekeeping) has been outsourced in the CGHS due to vacant posts of Safaiwala. The outsourcing has been done pursuant to DoPT guidelines that no further recruitment to Group D posts would be done w.e.f. April 2010.

In view of the overcrowding in certain CGHS wellness centres elderly beneficiaries may have to wait to meet the doctors and collect medicines.

CGHS has already issued guidelines that elderly beneficiaries will be provided privileged access to medical facilities at the dispensaries in order to minimize the waiting time of the elderly patients.

The CGHS dispensary proposed at Najafgarh is yet to be handed over to CGHS by the Delhi Police authority who has constructed the building in the premises of the Police Training School, Jhadoda Kalan. This is a temporary accommodation for the CGHS wellness centre till a permanent premise is built in Najafgarh area.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

Source:pib




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Medical Entrance Test

All India Pre-Medical/ Pre-Dental Entrance Test-2014are held in English or in Hindi. Candidates can opt for question paper either in English or in Hindi. However, previously, the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) -2013 for undergraduate medical courses was conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in six regional languages, viz. Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Marathi, Telugu and Assamese in addition to Hindi and English languages. The Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its judgment dated 18.07.2013 in NEET related cases quashed the implementation of NEET. The Central Government has filed a petition before the court to review its decision. As such the matter is sub-judice.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the LokSabha here today.

Source:pib
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Defence Production Units

Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) consisting of 41 factories and 9 Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) with 40 production units in the country are involved in the production of defence items. Besides this, Government has issued 222 number of Licenses to 131 public / private sector companies till 31.10.2014 for manufacture of wide range of defence items. 46 licensed companies covering 72 licenses have so far reported commencement of production.

Over a three year period, i.e. 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13, about 69% of the total capital and revenue requirement of the services was met through indigenous procurement.

The total number of employees deployed in Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and 9 Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) as on 31.10.2014 is approximately 1.65 lakhs. The data on people employed in private sector is not maintained in the Department.

Data related to production by the private companies is not maintained in the Ministry. Department of Defence Production has issued No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to Private Exporters for export of Military Stores for an amount of Rs.286 crore during the year 2013-14. 29 private sector companies are having FDI varying up to 26%.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Dr. Subhash Bhamre and Shri Kirti Azad in Lok Sabha today.

Source:pib

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Reservation in Private Sector

As per the Population Census Data published by Registrar General of India (RGI), gap in literacy rate between total population and Scheduled Castes (SCs) has been narrowing down. The gap which was 22.2% in 1981 has reduced to 6.9% in 2011. Similarly, the gap in Dropout Rate between total population and SCs for Classes I to X has also declined. The gap which was 11.3% in 2007-08 has declined to 6.7% in 2011-12. In case of percentage of persons below poverty line, the gap between SCs and Others (Non-SC/ST/OBC) has declined from 26.4% in 2004-05 to 16.0% for rural areas and from 24.5% in 2004-05 to 13.5% in 2011-12 for urban areas as per the data published by the Planning Commission.

In case of Other Backward Classes (OBCs), the gap in literacy rate in comparison to ‘Others’ (Non-SC/ST/OBC) has declined from 13.5% in 2004-05 to 10.5% in 2009-10 as per survey results published by National Sample Survey Office (NSSO). Similarly, in case of percentage of persons below poverty line, the gap between OBCs and ‘Others’ has declined from 12.7% in 2004-05 to 7.1% in 2011-12 for rural areas and 14.5% in 2004-05 to 7.2% in 2011-12 for urban areas, as per the data published by the Planning Commission.

For the STs, as per data published by RGI, gap in literacy rate between total population and STs has been narrowing down. The gap which was 27.22% in 1981 has reduced to 14.03% in 2011. In case of percentage of persons below poverty line, the gap between STs and ‘Others’ has declined from 35.2% in 2004-05 to 29.8% in 2011-12 for rural areas and 19.4% in 2004-05 to 15.9% in 2011-12 for urban areas, as per the data published by the Planning Commission.

There is thus an improvement in the economic and educational status of the SCs, STs and OBCs over a period of time.

At present no proposal for reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs in the private sector is under consideration of the Government. However, a high level Coordination Committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of Principal Secretary to Prime Minister in October 2006, to carry forward the dialogue with the Industry on Affirmative Action for SCs and STs. The Coordination Committee has been holding meetings with the apex Chambers from time to time. The Industry Associations viz. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have developed their respective Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) for member companies wherein stress has been laid on equal opportunities in employment for all sections of society, removing bias in employment to disadvantaged sections of society, increasing employability of socially disadvantaged sections through skill upgradation, continuous training and providing scholarships.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

Source:pib

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No reduction in retirement age

There is no proposal under consideration of Government to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years for its employees.

The retirement age for Central Government employees was revised from 58 to 60 years in 1997 on the basis of recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission.

The Centre’s total wages and salaries bill for its employees for the year 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is Rs. 85,963.50 crore, Rs. 92,264.88 crore and Rs. 1,04,759.71 crore, respectively.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Dr. T Subbarami Reddy and Smt. Ambika Soni in Rajya Sabha, today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Views invited for proposals on Civil Services Examination

An all party meet was held on 23.11.2014 to discuss the issues concerning the Civil Services Examination (CSE). In the said meeting, it was decided to circulate a background note on the CSE to the floor leaders of all the parties in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for seeking their valuable suggestions/ inputs in this regard before taking a view on the concerns raised.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Shri A.K. Selvaraj in Rajya Sabha, today.

Source:pib
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Review of Automated System of Allotment of General Pool Residential Accommodation

No.12035/16/2010-Pol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates

Nirman Bhavan,
New Delhi – 110 108.
Dated the 8th December, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub : Review of Automated System of Allotment [ASA] – cancellation of enblock change waiting list placed above the unified waiting lists in Types I to IV General Pool Residential Accommodation

The undersigned is directed to refer to the Directorate of Estates O.M. of even number dated 22.12.2010 and 18.11.2011 vide which the then change waiting list [which was based on first-come-first-serve principle] of allottees, who technically accepted the allotted accommodation, for Type I to IV general pool residential accommodation were frozen and placed en block senior to the unified waiting lists prepared as per the new guidelines for Automated System of Allotment [ASA] for change allotments in Type I to IV accommodations.

2. The matter has been reviewed and it has been decided with the approval of the competent authority that the enblock change waiting lists for Type I to IV accommodation placed above the unified waiting lists shall be cancelled immediately. Change as well as initial allotments in Type I to IV accommodation shall be made from the unified waiting lists prepared for the purpose as per the extant rules and guidelines with effect from January, 2015. The existing allottees who had earlier applied for change after furnishing technical acceptance of allotment before introduction of Automated System of Allotment and who were placed enblock above the unified waiting lists, shall now have to apply afresh for change of allotment in respect of Type I to IV general pool residential accommodation.

(M.K.Sharma)
Deputy Director of Estates





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PRESS RELEASE REGARDING CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ON 25 th DECEMBER 2014

Press Note

Newspaper article in Times of India today i.e., 15th December, 2014 gives a distorted impression that schools have been asked to remain open on 25th December.

2. This is to clarify that CBSE has not directed any school to remain open on 25th December. All schools will follow their vacation schedule including vacation/holiday on 25th December as specifically clarified by CBSE.

3. The proposed instructions of the CBSE are to conduct an online essay competition on 24th and 25th December 2014 which is completely voluntary. CBSE has neither issued any circular on its website nor issued any instructions to any school for remaining open on 25th December 2014.

4. Even the CBSE as an office will remain closed as a public holiday on 25th December on account of Christmas Day. For the event of online essay competitions on that day, no official of CBSE is required to come to office for specifically conducting essay competition as the essays will be received online through the specified time schedule.

5. This online essay competition is completely voluntary and the students if they so desire can participate from their homes or any other place which provides online access. There is no requirement for any school to remain open on that day and the school vacations will be adhered to.

6. Navodaya Schools are residential schools. As the vacation pattern in JNVs depends on climatic conditions, the 25th of December 2014 will be celebrated in those schools which do not have any winter break. In such schools, since it is a public holiday on 25th December, the schools will also remain closed that day as no classes would be held. As a residential school, however, the school functions because children continue to remain there and these children will have the opportunity to clarified that no other activities for this competition are being held except the opportunity to submit their essays online voluntarily.

7. Kendriya Vidyalayas are observing vacations during that period and hence all Kendriya Vidyalalyas will remain closed. Students of Kendriya Vidyalayas if they so desire can participate voluntarily in the online essay competition from their homes or any other place. Kendriya Vidyalaya has not given any directions for the schools to remain open during the vacations.

8. In view of this, no child or student will be deprived of celebrating the holidays or vacations or participating in their own festivals and religious festivals whole heartedly.

9. No instructions have been issued to State Governments.

10. No clarification was sought by the reported from the Secretary, School Education before going to Press.

Source http://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/PressRel.pdf
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Government Reply on 7th Pay Commission and its Interim Report

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-230

ANSWERED ON-25.11.2014

7th Pay Commission

230 . SHRI SHANTARAM NAIK

a) the details of meetings, the 7th Pay Commission has taken so far and the items/issues discussed till date;

b) the States, visited, by the Commission if any till date and the States which the Commission proposes to visit;

c) whether the Commission proposes to take the views of the State Governments as regards their pay-scales since invariably, most of the States adopt the Central Pay Commission reports;

d) whether Commission proposes to submit any interim report;

e) whether the Commission proposes to make any recommendations to bring in financial transparency; and

f) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

SHRI JAYANT SINHA
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE

(a)&(b): The 7th Central Pay Commission is required to make its recommendations on its Terms of Reference. Also, the Commission is to devise its own procedure. The Commission’s Terms of Reference do not enjoin upon it to keep the Government updated on its functioning and the procedure being followed by it during the course of its deliberations.

(c ): The Terms of Reference of the Commission provide that the Commission will make its recommendations, keeping in view, inter alia, the likely impact of the recommendations on the finances of the State Governments, which usually adopt the recommendations with some modifications.

(d)to(f): The Commission is required to submit its report on its Terms of Reference. However, no Report, including any interim one, has so far been submitted by the Commission.

Source:http://rajyasabha.nic.in/

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